The time has arrived and the Leigh Art Trail 2017 has begun! Now in its 20th year, the Art Trail is on from 10-17 June with over 70 artists exhibiting in over 50 venues around Leigh on Sea.
SEVEN, a creative journal collective, are exhibiting at Planet Leasing, Leigh Road, and day one has been a real success with over 60 visitors.
The display includes one sketchbook from each artist and there is a blank sketchbook for visitors to add their own contribution. SEVEN have been developing the sketchbooks for four months in the run up to the Art Trail and its a real inspiration to see the final result.
SEVEN have been meeting on a bi-weekly basis and each artist has run a workshop which focused on one of their favourite processes including blind drawings, one-minute sketches, assemblage, maps, abstract and threads of thought. Each artist then developed their own work and shared their developments on Instagram.
You can download the workshops from the SEVEN website and if you would like to follow the developments of SEVEN go to instagram/sevenartistsuk.
Read more about the Leigh Art Trail and discover the work of some amazing artists.
The Village Green Festival, organised by Metal Southend, took place this year on Saturday 16th July. I’ve been attending a sketchbook group for a couple of years now, run by local artist Heidi Wigmore. Once again the group were given the fabulous opportunity to exhibit our sketchbooks in the Metal Art School.
With a core group of about 10 regular ‘sketchbookers’ we have built up an impressive collection of sketchbooks. When the books are all displayed together they make an impressive spectacle.
The people in the group took it in turns to invigilate the exhibition during the day. My slot was 12-2pm and by then the park was starting to fill up with festival-goers and the exhibition began to draw people in.
Here is a selection of the sketchbooks I included.
I’ve been attending a local meetup group, Made in Leigh, which was set up to give local, freelance creative types the chance to meet like-minded people in the area. In addition to the fortnightly meetings, the group has also organised a series of talks and now produce #TrawlerPaper.
Trawler, is a publication that contains stories, photo essays and interviews written by people about their passions, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. The first edition of Trawler Paper was launched in July 2015, which sourced Crowdfunding to cover the printing costs (everyone kindly contributes their time for free). This proved to be so successful that it also part-funded this second edition.
A visual conversation with yourself
In this edition I have written an article entitled: ‘A visual conversation with yourself’. The article tells the story of my experience during the creative journal workshops I’ve been attending at Metal (I’m now attending my 5th series of workshops!)
You can read about other journal work I’ve created below:
Creative Journal Course, Creative Journal Course – autumn and about the Creative Journal Exhibition we held at Village Green last year.